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The New Era
(Satanath Records)

The Finnish Black Metal band CAVUS released their debut album “Fester And Putrefy” through the French label Listenable Records more than 7 years ago. However their hunger for blood, fire, disease and death hasn’t been diminished a bit and they crawl out from the void with “The New Era” and delivered ten tracks and more than forty minutes of mauling savagery. Malignance and savagery could possibly explain the mood and transitions of the whole release where CAVUS tried to capture the new area with nods to the early masters. Finnish institution IMPALED NAZARENE could easily come to the mind while comparing the structures and underlying transitions, however the evilness of HELLHAMMER / CELTIC FROST and frostbiteness of DARKTHRONE also played its role to construct something brute yet engrossing and enchanting like “The New Era”. The initiation with 'The New Area' is something bone chilling yet thought shattering mantra which feels like straightly made for playing in an alchemical purification rituals of an Alejandro Jodorowsky movie. While ‘Killtech’, ‘Divine Power’ and ‘I Watch You Die’ all manifest pristine and crude representation of dark energy, where especially ‘Divine Power’ is an absolute invitation through uncanny howls from a world beyond comprehension. ‘Morphine’ is like a Black'n'Roll drug, directly pushed in the vain to be inflamed whereas ‘Calling The Flames’ sounds like a whirlwind of wave coiling and grasping the mind and keep pushing to be purified into the flames. ‘The Strength Of Hatred’ and ‘Presence Of Existence’ both showcase the ruthlessness and bitterness of the CAVUS souls to storm forward, truly expressed through ‘Come To Me Shadows’, where the composition is an unpleasant storm of wrath and where the wickedness of the vocal delivery surpasses the boundary of madness and also the uncanny tremolo picked transitions will certainly unsettle the minds. At the end ‘There Will Be Blood’ will spill blood through its uncompromising progression with wicked structures and modes. Vocalist Ben Pakarinen certainly deserves praise for keeping up his uncanny presence throughout the whole record like a wolf spirit. In “The New Era “, CAVUS breaks free from conformist Black Metal with their creativity, but they still stay true to what Black Metal stands for. No matter which song on this album you listen to, the darkness and sense of eerie will be there listening to it with you. Those who are always fascinated by anything produced from the depth of Finland should not skip this record. Explore the band at or visit their label page:

Randolph Whateley

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